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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 27 September – 3 October 2021

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Harriers Celebrate the Return of the Belfast City Marathon in 2021. 

Sunday saw the, much awaited return of the Belfast City Marathon, and North Belfast Harriers were well represented. Gladys Ganiel ran a superb race to win a podium place as the third woman home, with a time of 2:35:43. Congratulations to Gladys for a great result. Among the male runners, performances by Harriers, Mark McAvoy, who was the first finisher from the club,  in 27th place, with a time of 2:41:27 and Conal McCambridge, who came in 41st on 2:45:35 are also worthy of praise. Congratulations and well done to both. 

Belfast City Marathon, which was last held in May 2019, and was subject to postponements and various date changes, owing to Covid 19, eventually got underway a 9.00 am on Sunday 3 October. Despite, some less than optimal circumstances, in relation to pack collections on Saturday, over 5,700 runners seemed delighted to participate in this iconic event. As always, North Belfast Harriers were represented in the full marathon and relays. The marathon route of 26.2 miles had a start in Prince of Wales Avenue, in the Stormont estate and a finish line in Ormeau Park. The route took runners down the Newtownards Road and through east Belfast before entering Ormeau Park for the first time and onto the city centre, past City Hall and south through the city, before heading west and down the Falls Road. Runners then headed north from the Springfield Road and onto the Shankill Road before climbing towards the Harriers’ home on the Oldpark Road, down the Cliftonville Road and along part of the Waterworks ParkRun course and onto Duncairn Gardens towards the city centre again. A challenging climb up the Ormeau Road and onto the Ravenhill Road, culminated with a finish line in Ormeau Park. The runners were buoyed on by cheering crowds that lined the entire route and created the traditional festive atmosphere, that was not seriously affected by the change from the traditional date in May to October. Well done to all who participated and those who cheered on the runners, especially the home crowd in the Waterworks. 

 

Belfast Marathon Results 

Position 

Bib 

Name 

Category 

Gun Time 

Chip Time 

27 

4246 

Mark McAvoy 

MO 

2:41:29 

2:41:22 

39 

1321 

Gladys Ganiel 

F45 

2:45:05 

2:45:03 

41 

3193 

Conal McCambridge 

MO 

2:45:37 

2:45:35 

112 

2566 

Louise Smith 

F50 

2:54:45 

2:54:42 

124 

1420 

Arran Rutledge 

M45 

2:55:40 

2:55:30 

153 

2058 

Tracey Atkinson 

F40 

2:57:00 

2:56:54 

455 

812 

Ryan Armstrong 

M35 

3:18:59 

3:18:28 

540 

2461 

Gabriel McAvoy 

M45 

3:24:10 

3:23:23 

1397 

145 

Joe Gallagher 

M60 

3:58:49 

3:58:28 

1470 

2493 

Stephen Walker  

M40 

3:59:58 

3:59:38 

1570 

3849 

Gordon Glenn 

M50 

4:03:39 

4:01:31 

1948 

2117 

Mark Wilson 

M35 

4:22:40 

4:20:59 

2881

4607

Robbie Speers

MO

5:42:50

5:39:33

 

 

 

 

 Belfast Team Relay Results 

Position 

Bib 

Names 

Category 

Gun Time 

138 

10347 

Team Name: Man in the Middle 

 

Runners: Karen McClean, Catherine Seawright, Seamus Hannah, Una McConnell, Roisin Fahy 

X 

3:49:38 

252 

 

10060 

 

Team Name: Diane’s Babes 

 

Runners: Evelyn Palmer, Janine Black, Ann Craven, Lucinda McAvoy, Leah McAvoy,  

F 

3:59:45 

 

818 

1081 

Team Name: Domhnall’s Fam 

 

Runners including: Éadaoin Donaldson, PhilomenaDonaldson, Aidan Donaldson (a Harrier fromyesteryear)  

X 

5:00:55 

819 

1082 

Team Name: Domhnall’s Fam 

 

Runners including: Bernadette Duffy, Aoife Duffy 

 

X 

5:00:55 

 

Harriers Shine on Sunday in the 2021 London Marathon 

This year, for the first time ever, the London Marathon and the Belfast Marathon were staged on the same date. Whilst in normal circumstances this may have created a dilemma for those who were lucky enough to gain entry to the London race, and wanted also to run Belfast, it did not deter David Hamilton, Paddy McAuley, Katrina McAuley, Eamon McCambridge, Greg McClure and Ellen Holmes, from North Belfast Harriers. David finished in the superlative time of 2:29:58 coming in 86th overall and 63rd in his category. Very well done David! Eamon, Paddy, Greg, Katrina and Ellen all ran exceptionally well and posted great finish times for their respective categories. With around 50,000 runners participating in various events related to this year’s London Marathon, these results are certainly worthy of note. Well done to everyone. 

London Marathon Results 

Position Overall 

Position Gender 

Position Category 

Category 

Name 

Time 

86

86

63

M18-39

David Hamilton (Bib:1643)

2:29:58

1895

1806

421

M40-44

Paddy McAuley

2:58:30

8855 

6914 

3219 

M18-39 

Eamon McCambridge (Bib: 21805) 

 

3:45:02 

10021 

7690 

208 

M60-64 

Greg McClure (Bib: 23620) 

 

3:50:18 

 

10348

2432

453

F40-44

Katrina McAuley (Bib: 9561)

3:51:50

12877

3281

171

F55-59

Ellen Mary Holmes

4:00:54

  

Mourne Skyline Mountain Trail Race 2 October 

Well done to Martsje Hell and Simon Reeve who completed the challenging 35km course over 9 peeks in the Mourne Mountains on Saturday. Martsje was the third female finisher and 12th overall. Simon came in 20th out of a field of over 150 who started the iconic course that involved a climb of 3,370m. Well done to both runners.

Position Number Name Category Time
12th 58 Martsje Hell F35 4:55:01
20th 30 Simon Reeve M45 5:12:58

 

Harriers Continue to Support and Participate in ParkRun, in the UK, Ireland and Europe 

Whilst the focus of many runners was undoubtedly directed toward the marathons in Belfast and London on Sunday, members of the Harriers turned out in numbers on Saturday morning to support their local ParkRuns, and indeed ParkRuns throughout Ireland, London and Toulouse in France, and share in the camaraderie, craic and enjoyment that is at the core of ParkRun. 

The following runners are deserving of a special mention: Moira Leheney, First Female Finisher and new PB at Waterworks; Conan McCaughey, First Finisher with new course record at Sligo; John Gerard Murphy, First Finisher at La Ramée, Toulouse, France; and Lynn McKenna, First Female Finisher and new PB at Buncrana. Well done also to Thomas Coy, Cormac Leheny, Martin McLarnon, Cathaoir Purvis, Brandon McMinn and Fergus Jamison who all recorded personal bests in their respective ParkRuns. Greg McClure also deserves a mention for participating in the Hilly Fields, Lewisham ParkRun, before recording a very fast time in the London Marathon the following day. Congratulations to everyone! 

 

 

Waterworks ParkRun, Belfast 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

4 

4 

David Curran 

0:20:06 

 

5 

5 

Thomas Simmons 

0:20:07 

 

8 

8 

Thomas Coy 

0:21:45 

New PB 

9 

9 

Cormac Leheny 

0:21:56 

New PB 

13 

1 

Moira Leheney 

0:22:06 

New PB & 1st Female Finish 

18 

15 

Gerry Anderson 

0:22:44 

 

21 

3 

Ita McCambridge 

0:23:14 

 

22 

18 

Paddy McCambridge 

0:23:14 

 

24 

5 

Fionnuala O’Hare 

0:23:26 

 

25 

19 

Sean McShane 

0:23:39 

 

31 

23 

Kevin McCann 

0:24:23 

 

32 

24 

David Hurst 

0:24:36 

 

50 

41 

Jack Carberry 

0:25:45 

 

56 

47 

Orán Steel 

0:26:09 

 

59 

50 

Lyle Carleton 

0:26:16 

 

65 

55 

Matt Shields 

0:26:58 

 

70 

9 

Stella Harrison 

0:27:28 

 

112 

31 

Sandy Carr 

0:31:14 

 

113 

32 

Grainne Stephens 

0:31:15 

 

116 

34 

Lorna McGrath 

0:31:39 

 

122 

38 

Margaret Stephens 

0:32:32 

 

127 

81 

Martin McLarnon 

0:33:01 

New PB 

128 

82 

Roy Rainey 

0:33:05 

 

152 

91 

Denis Loughran 

0:40:48 

 

153 

53 

Bertha McWhinney 

0:40:52 

 

160 

57 

Bernadette Duffy 

0:43:20 

 

161 

58 

Philomena Donaldson 

0:43:20 

 

164 

61 

Rosy Ryan 

0:58:50 

 

 

Belfast Victoria ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

4 

2 

Cathaoir Purvis 

0:15:25 

New PB 

54 

40 

Colin Simpson 

0:24:57 

 

56 

42 

Matthew Carleton 

0:25:04 

 

77 

58 

Joe Wilson 

0:27:03 

 

 

Queen’s ParkRun, Belfast 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

41 

32 

Vincent Bradley 

0:27:36 

 

67 

41 

John Lavery 

0:31:01 

 

 

Falls ParkRun, Belfast 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

45 

28 

Jim Clinton 

0:31:47 

 

 

Wallace ParkRun, Lisburn 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

17 

16 

John McConnell 

0:23:52 

 

 

Hilly Fields ParkRun, Lewisham, London 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

175 

113 

Greg McClure 

0:32:29 

 

 

Enniskillen ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

35 

25 

Jason Reid 

0:26:54 

First Timer 

 

Ormeau ParkRun, Belfast 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

65 

51 

Stephen Walker 

0:23:55 

 

149 

107 

Thomas McKinstry 

0:27:21 

 

 

Antrim ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

22 

19 

Brian Stewart 

0:21:49 

 

 

Larne ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

9 

9 

James Topping 

0:26:06 

 

 

Fulham Palace ParkRun, London 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

244 

145 

Tony Reid 

0:27:04 

 

 

Valley ParkRun, Newtownabbey 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

2 

2 

Brandon McMinn 

0:19:00 

New PB 

 

Sligo ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

1 

1 

Conan McCaughey 

0:15:12 

First Timer & New CourseRecord 

 

Parkrun de la Ramée, Toulouse, France 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

1 

1 

John Gerard Murphy 

0:20:58 

First Timer & First Finisher 

 

Buncrana ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

15 

1 

Lynn McKenna 

0:26:19 

New PB & 1st Female Finisher 

 

Orangefield ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

55 

39 

Fergus Jamison 

0:29:28 

New PB 

 

Knockbracken Resevoir ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

31 

28 

Paul Jenkins 

0:25:42 

First Timer 

 

Hillsborough Forest ParkRun 

Position 

Gender Position  

Name 

Time 

Remarks 

73 

39 

Paul Lavery 

0:35:48 

First Timer